A dental sealant is a clear, plastic coating that is bonded to the vulnerable chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and pre-molars) where decay most often occurs. These protective sealants cover the tooth surface to "seal out" food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.
The probability of developing decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates for dental sealants during their most cavity-prone years. But that doesn't mean adults at risk for tooth decay can't benefit from sealants as well.
At Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA, sealants can be applied quickly, easily and comfortably without the need for drilling or the removal of tooth structure. The sealant is painted onto the tooth to form a protective shield, and bonds into the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces, acting as a barrier to protect enamel from harmful plaque. Sealants can last for several years and can be reapplied by our Owings Mills dental office as necessary.
A Healthy Smile Calls for Good Dental Hygiene
Sealants are only one part of preventive dental care and should not replace good oral hygiene. Instead, sealants preserve the teeth, adding additional protection to prevent decay and reducing the likelihood for extensive dental procedures later on. In addition to sealants, a comprehensive dental program should include twice-daily brushing, fluoride, healthy food choices and regular visits to our Owings Mills office.
Even if you brush and floss carefully, it can be very difficult- and even impossible- to remove food and bacteria buildup from the tiny crevices on certain teeth, which puts you at risk for tooth decay. Talk to Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA about dental sealants at your next appointment. Combined with good dental hygiene, you can feel more confident that your smile is protected from the harmful plaque that causes cavities.